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Plains Edition Obituaries

, 84, of Kearney, formerly of Miller, died Dec. 28, 2007, at Northridge Retirement Center.

She was born March 13, 1923, north of Miller to Elmer and Ida (Ehresman) Harnagel.

She was born on her parents’ farm north of Miller. She attended Red Wing Country School north of Miller and graduated from Miller High School in 1934. She attended Kearney Normal School.

She taught country school north of Riverdale for several years, then moved to California and worked for Lockheed Corp. She then worked for more than 20 years for the city of Los Angeles and was an administrative supervisor with the city Parks Department before retiring.

She moved back to Miller in 1994 and lived there until she moved to Northridge in January.

Survivors include her brothers, Lee (Naomi) of Kearney and Haisel of Miller; sister, Evelyn Fees of Miller; nieces and nephews, Gary and Sylvia Harnagel of Fort Collins, Colo., Kermit and Linda Fees of Miller, Loye and Lloyd Wolfe of Miller, Jana Harnagel of Omaha and Jay and Judy Harnagel of Miller.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Opal Davis, in 2007.

, 78, of North Platte died Dec. 25, 2007, in North Platte.

He was born March 8, 1929, in Wellfleet to John William and Minnie Catherine (Folchert) Greenwood. He graduated high school from the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture at Curtis in 1947.

On June 20, 1951, he married Dixie Rose Jennings at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in North Platte. He served aboard the USS Currier in the U.S. Navy from 1948 to 1952. He worked for Fairmont Dairy and retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 30 years as a mail carrier.

He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and sang in the church choir for nearly 60 years. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Eagles and the American Legion.

He was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend and will forever be in our hearts and memories.

Survivors include his spouse, Dixie Greenwood of North Platte; daughters, Christine (Michael) Johnson of Denver, Robyn (Jeffrey) O’Connor and Raegan (Mark) Skillstad, all of North Platte; sons, Daniel (Ann) Greenwood of Denver and Edward (Jana) Greenwood of North Platte; brothers, Marvin (Francis) Greenwood of Wellfleet and Kenneth Greenwood of North Carolina; grandchildren, Luke and Courtney Johnson, Allison, Adam and Jordan Greenwood, Randi, Kelsie and Shane O’Connor, Aiden and Kinsey Skillstad and Maggie and Katie Vineyard.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mildred Beeman, Evelyn Greenwood and Virginia Duval; and a brother, Milton Greenwood.

, 83, of Curtis died Dec. 25, 2007, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook.

He was born March 15, 1924, to J.P. “Pete” and Anna Elsie (Jepsen) Jorgensen in Lincoln County. He grew up in Lincoln County and attended school at Denmark School in Lincoln County. He also attended school at Liberty School and NSA.

He married Darlene Thayer in 1951 in McCook, and to this union two daughters, Connie and Linda, were born.

He farmed south of Curtis for many years, drove a school bus for 20 years and served as a night police officer in Curtis from 1967 to 1970.

He loved to go to dances, hunting and fishing. He enjoyed watching rodeos.

Survivors include his daughter, Linda (Lee) Snyder of McCook; a son-in-law, Rick Jacobs (Lois) of Lincoln; two brothers, Harold Jorgensen and Loren (Lorraine) Jorgensen, all of Curtis; a sister, Erma Taylor of Casper, Wyo.; three grandchildren, Doug (Katy) Snyder and Daisy (Matt) Tiller, all of McCook, and Elizabeth Jacobs of Lincoln; and a great-grandson, Conner Snyder and two more great-grandchildren are expected in the spring.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Anna; a daughter, Connie Jacobs; and a sister-in-law, Margaret Jorgensen.

, 93, of Chadron died Dec. 25, 2007, at Crestview Manor in Chadron.

She was born Dec. 13, 1914, to Carl and Matilda (Weihe) Holtz in Cherry County south of Valentine. When she was 18 months old, her mother died. She was raised by family members and then by her father and step-mother after he married Ethel Link in 1919.

Shortly after she graduated from Crookston High School in 1932, the family moved to Crawford. While living there, she met Alfred Lee Galbreath. They were married Nov. 7, 1935, in Rapid City and lived on the family farm about 5 miles northeast of Crawford. He died Dec. 11, 1972. She moved to Chadron in May, 1979.

She attended the Chadron Christian Church and was a member of Rebekahs.

Survivors include three daughters, Donita (George) Leeling of Crawford, Peggy (Con) Marshall of Chadron, Linda Reed of Chadron; one brother; four sisters; two sisters-in-law; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and two brothers.

, 62 of Bridgeport, died Dec. 26, 2007, at the VA Medical Center in Denver.

He was born on Aug. 26, 1945, to George and Emma (Burbach) Sterkel at Bayard. He was baptized at Hope Congregational Church in Bayard and was confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bridgeport. He graduated from Bridgeport High School in May of 1963. He entered the United States Army on March 10, 1970, and served during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged on Jan. 15, 1972, as a SP 4th Class.

He was a saddle bronc rider. Later, he operated Sterkel Tack and Hobby in Gering and Bridgeport. He was a black jack dealer in Deadwood, S.D., and was a locksmith for awhile. He had a great love and compassion for animals.

Survivors include his niece, Shermaine Sterkel of Gering; nephews, Gregory Sterkel of Bridgeport, Russell Sterkel of Gering, Bradley Sterkel of Bridgeport, Clinton Sterkel of Bridgeport, Justin Sterkel of Austin, Texas; sisters-in-law, Lavonne Sterkel (Robert) of Scottsbluff, Shirley Sterkel (Floyd) of Scottsbluff, Judy Sterkel (Roger) of Bridgeport and step-father, Abe Harms of Scottsbluff.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother and his brothers, Floyd, Roger and Robert.


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